Another thought popped into my mind: when my father ran a store in the 70s/80s/90s, he would order toys and if they did not sell, any unbroken case boxes went back to the company. I asked him what was done with them then and he said, 'they are either shipped somewhere else, like south America, etc., to try to sell them or they sit in a warehouse. Being these were knockoffs, I doubt they sat in a warehouse, they would be shipped off or re-packaged as soldiers, MOTU, etc. and shipped off to make some money. I am believing the credence of these being shipped somewhere else outside of the US. However, they would have to be somewhere, either sitting in someone's toybox in the attic or in a warehouse. Either way, this second line, if there truly is one, is very, very valuable.
Post by Terrible Tony on Mar 9, 2012 13:18:19 GMT -6
Value really is in the eye of the beholder. There are a lot of collectors who don't like these knock off wrestler type lines, but some, like myself, do. I wouldn't think they are that valuable, but who know what they really go for. I got mine fairly cheap.
I wonder if there is a distributor in the US with a case of them sitting around somewhere that would part with them cheap. That would be a windfall for a collector such as myself, and apparently you. These figures were so well made, so well detailed and, growing up dirt poor, the only thing available at that point and time. If anyone has some in package, I wonder if it lists where the distributor is from or who it is...would be interesting to see if they still can find some kicking around. You never know.
Where did you find those? I look every day for Wrestling Champions on the Ebay and have never seen this packaging.
Oh, I hate to tell you, but I did get them on eBay. 2 of them went for less than $10 and the other just over. I got lucky. Like I said earlier, value is in the eye of the beholder, because I expected to shell out some serious dough and got them for $30 and change all together.
Man, what a find. I have had dreams about going to swap meets and finding them for $3 carded. I had employees last year tell me they found a carded Apollo Creed style at a thrift store. For Christmas they gave me R Truth....never leave it to amateurs.
Post by Terrible Tony on Jul 18, 2012 6:35:35 GMT -6
Here is my latest Madison Wrestling Champions find:
Back of the Madison Wrestling Champions Ring Box
Madison Wrestling Champions Poster
Madison Wrestling Champions Ring with figures
Wrestling Champions Ring with figures (Madison?)
The 2 Wrestling Rings are identical with the exception of the stickers. My one finding is that the one from the Blue Box has pictures of 2 official Madison Wrestling Champions (Tomahawk Terror & American Eagle) and the actual figures inside are from the Unmarked Wrestling Champions (Lemur & Mackintosh). Could this mean that the Blue Carded Figures are from Madison as well? The Graphic on the Blue Box is the same as in the Blue Card from the link I put earlier in the thread, but the figures from the box cover don't match the card back and the ones from inside the box do. Technically, it's still a mystery if they are, but I will just put them as Unofficial Madison Wrestling Champions.
The rings are real easy to assemble. The post pegs just slide in with ropes attached to only one and you wrap them around the rest. The pegs are one solid piece not two flexible tabs, so they slide in and out with ease.
Sorry that I'm joining this discussion so late, but it looks like this could use a revival anyway.
I've actually been looking for info on these figs for a long time. I own Ivan the Snake Man, as well as a few smaller, 3" versions of Scorpion Sam and Powerful Pete that came with pajama sets featuring images similar to the blister pack artwork seen in this thread.
For those of you wondering about the regions for these toys, I can confirm that they were very popular here in New England in the late 80s. Not only did my brother and I have them, I recall seeing variations at friends' houses. I even have some vague memories of an even smaller line with similar character designs (blue-haired Powerful Pete) that were clearly knock-offs of the MUSCLE Wrestlers. I think I got those as party favors a few times.
Does anyone know if Madison is at all related to Zima Products? I recently found a pic of a karate training playset with a martial artist fig who looks like he would fit right in with these guys. The playset is beautiful.
I don't own this playset, but I found these pics while searching for something else. I totally would have loved this set back in the 80s. The figure reminds me of the Madison wrestlers with the cheap He-man style.
Unfortunately, I ever owned one of these, the gray haired/beard Macho Man-ish looking one. Honestly never knew what he was from until now. Really cool to learn something new! Thanks for sharing the pictures!